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Patriots win (Patriots 27, Miami 17, FINAL)

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  November 8, 2009 04:14 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 40-yard field goal in the final two minutes, his fourth of the day, to help the Patriots defeat the Dolphins, 27-17, at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots improve to 6-2 and drop the Dolphins to 3-5.

No timeouts (Patriots 24, Miami 17, 2:50, 4th quarter)
Miami quarterback Chad Henne just called a timeout with 2:59 left in the game but the Dolphins are out of timeouts.

Miami has three minutes, (Patriots 24, Miami 17,3:34, 4th quarter)
If the Dolphins are going to come back, they have 3:34 to pull it off getting the ball at their own 12.

Just a little faster (Patriots 24, Miami 17, 3:15, 3rd quarter)
What the Dolphins did in 10 minutes, the Patriots mastered in 1 minute 36 seconds. Brady found Moss up the middle and Moss handled the rest, avoiding a tackle and sprinting 71 yards for the touchdown. Moss also caught the 2-point conversion to give the Patriots a 24-17 lead with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

The catch moved Moss to four catches for 123 yards for the game.

Burning up the clock (Miami 17, Patriots 16, 4:51, 3rd quarter)
The third quarter has been all Dolphins so far. Well, they've been the only team to have the ball. The Dolphins burned 10:09 off the clock and ended the 16-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from running back Ronnie Brown to Joey Haynos. The Dolphins drove 66 yards on 66 plays to take the 17-16 lead.

A second to spare (Patriots 16, Miami 10, 0:00, 2nd quarter)
The Patriots squeezed out another 3 points on Gostkowski's 34-yard field goal with .01 left in the first half. The Dolphins managed to sack Brady two plays earlier, and instead of spiking the ball, Brady opted for one last pass that fell incomplete with one second left. The Patriots enter halftime with the 16-10 lead.

Another field goal for Patriots (Patriots 13, Miami 10, 2:45, 2nd quarter)
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 13-10 lead. He then came out and booted his second touchback of the day. His teammates greeted him with high gives after clearing the end zone, even after a penalty backed him up to the 25.

Patriots meet Pat White (Patriots 10, Miami 10, ,6:03 2nd quarter)
So if the Wildcat doesn't work, what about rookie quarterback Pat White? White entered the game in the second quarter for the first time and picked up 33 yards, carrying the Dolphins to the New England 45. The White, the Wildcat and a pass interference call against the Patriots moved the Dolphins down the field, eventually setting up Ricky Williams' 15-yard touchdown run. The Dolphins tied the score 10-10.

Drive ends in field goal for Patriots (Patriots 10, Miami 3, ,9:05 2nd quarter)
The Patriots were 7 yards away from the end zone but were unable to score a touchdown, settling for Gostkowski's 30-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the second quarter.

Brady fired a pass to Randy Moss deep in the end zone but Gibril Wilson and Jason Allen were there to break up the play. On the next play, Brady was sacked, forcing the Patriots to kick the field goal.

Wildcat moves Miami backwards (Patriots 7, Miami 3, 3:11, 1st quarter)
Miami's first use of the Wildcat didn't produce positive yards. Ricky Williams stepped in at quarterback but slipped after the snap, resulting in -3 yards. On the next play, the Patriots went after Henne, with rookie Patrick Chung breaking through for the sack (-8 yards). The Dolphins are forced to punt.

Ginn arrives (Patriots 7, Miami 3, 6:50, 1st quarter)
Ted Ginn, Jr. made his debut returning the kickoff 37 yards before Gostkowski shoved him out of bounds. Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against the Jets last week.

Maroney scores TD (Patriots 7, Miami 3, 6:58, 1st quarter)
The Patriots aren't scared of Vontae Davis. Tom Brady went back to the right side and this time Randy Moss got the advantage on Davis, pulling in the 36-yard reception before falling at the Miami 1.

Laurence Maroney ended the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Stephen Gostkowski's kick gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead with 6:58 left. The play ended a 5-play 63-yard drive.

Miami converts field goal (Miami 3, Patriots 0, 9:34, 1st quarter)
Dan Carpenter kicked a 52-yard field goal to give the Dolphins a 3-0 lead with 9:34 left in the first quarter. The play capped a 10 play, 44-yard drive that burned 3 minutes, 54 seconds.

Ruling overturned (Patriots 0, Miami 0, 1st quarter)
The ruling was changed to an incomplete pass as the Dolphins keep possession. Two plays later, the Dolphins are on the Patriots 33, facing fourth and 4.

Fumble? (Patriots 0, Miami 0, 10:32 1st quarter)
Miami quarterback Chad Henne was in the midst of making a throw when Tully Banta-Cain came in with the hit. The loose ball was ruled a fumble and Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas picked it up and returned it for the touchdown. The ruling that the ball was fumbled is being challenged by Miami.


Miami rookie makes big play, (Patriots 0, Miami 0, 1st quarter)
There was a lot of talk this week about the Patriots taking advantage of Miami's rookie corners, but Vontae Davis made a heck of a play over Randy Moss three plays into the game. Davis leaped over Moss and pulled in an interception to give Miami the ball on their own 22-yard line, spoiling the Patriots' opening drive.

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